Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi confirmed on Tuesday the commitment of Pakistan to “war on terror” during a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. His country had “achieved results” to fight the Islamic militants of the region.
Relations between Uncomfortable Allies The United States and Pakistan have failed in recent years, accusing Washington Islamabad of keeping an eye out or helping Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network fighters carry out attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies this.
President Donald Trump has promised to assert himself against Pakistan, unless it changes his behavior, and US officials threatened with further cuts in aid and are targeting targeted sanctions against Pakistani officials.
Tillerson came to Pakistan on an Asia and Middle East trip on Tuesday afternoon and met with Abbasi and Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
“We are engaged in the war on terror,” said Abbasi to Tillerson, as the two men stood on a long table.
“We have achieved results, and we look forward to moving the US forward and building a tremendous relationship,” added Abbasi, who was sitting next to Bajwa.
During a brief part of the meeting, which was available to the media, Tillerson told the Pakistani delegation that the nuclear armed nation was an important ally of the US in the region.
“(Pakistan is regionally important for our common objectives of providing peace and security to the region and also enabling a greater economic relationship,” Tillerson said.
In addition to support for the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network, the US has grown a further crack in the relationship with India, Pakistan’s archenemy and neighbors.
Tillerson said last week that the Trump government wants to “dramatically deepen” the cooperation with New Delhi to partially offset the Chinese influence in Asia. Trump has also called for a stronger Indian role in Afghanistan.
But this deepening of relations has frightened Pakistan, which has rejected a major political role for India as a “red line” for Islamabad.